I do not have an Italian bone in my body, but I love Italian food more than anything. My brother gave me this cookbook years ago - it is filled with all kinds of wonderful, simple Italian dishes. It is kind of a old-fashioned cookbook - no photographs, some of the directions are fussy.
One of my favorite recipes in the book is her Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter, and tonight I made a big batch using up all the ripe San Marzano and Roma tomatoes from my little tomato patch. My San Marzanos may have been grown in Appalachian red clay instead of the volcanic soil of Mt Vesuvius, but I still think they are pretty great!
Here's a link to a version of the recipe. In the book, she also gives directions on using fresh tomatoes. This is one of the instances where I found her directions a little fussy - I took a short cut and pureed my tomatoes in the blender and I like it just fine.